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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 256-260

Paediatrician's perspective and awareness regarding dental trauma and its emergency management


1 Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Intern, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Akanksha Juneja
Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jdrr.jdrr_120_21

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Background: Traumatic injuries to dentoalveolar tissues in children are considered the most grievous oral health problem and the prognosis of these injured teeth depends on the primary care. Pediatricians must hold sufficient knowledge on primary management of dental injuries such as tooth avulsion before referring to dentists as they experience such type of dental trauma in an emergency more routinely. Objectives: To evaluate the knowledge and perception of the practicing pediatricians of New Delhi about dental trauma and its emergency management in children and adolescents and to understand the experience of Paediatricians in the primary therapy of dental trauma. Results: Fifty-seven of 60 respondents completed the questionnaire, of which 87.7% had encountered dental trauma in their career. Although 89% of respondents had received training regarding oral injuries and their management; still they felt that their knowledge was incomplete and they wanted to attend further training. Conclusion: More and more workshops and short-term courses should be conducted to improve the current knowledge of pediatricians. In the current scenario, the management of dental and dentofacial trauma should be included in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs.


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